Covid 19 - It's Not all Bad News!

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Covid-19 Not all Bad News!


There’s a pretty smart guy out there who writes a tech/financial blog. He shared his blog online with his customers and I was able to see it.


Peter Diamandis is the founder and executive of the XPRIZE Foundation, the author of two best-selling books, has degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT, and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. 


I wanted to state all that first because I would say he knows what he’s talking about. 


The title of his blog is “Good News About the Covid-19 Pandemic.”


Some highlights:


(1) Vaccine development: An experimental vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. began the first stage of a clinical trial on Monday, with testing on 45 healthy adults in Seattle. 

(2) China's new cases plummet: China has now closed down its last temporary hospital built to handle COVID-19. Not enough new cases to warrant them. 

(3) Drugs that work: Doctors in India have successfully treated two Italian patients with COVID-19, administering a combination of drugs — principally Lopinavir and Ritonavir, alongside Oseltamivir and Chloroquine. Several are now suggesting the same medical treatment, on a case-by-case basis, globally. 

(4) Antibodies to the rescue: Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody that can fend off infection by COVID-19. 

(5) 103-year-old recovery: A 103-year-old Chinese woman has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China, becoming the oldest patient to beat the disease. 

(6) Stores re-opening: Apple has reopened all 42 of its Apple retail stores in China. [

(7) Test results in 2 hours: Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center has developed a COVID-19 test that can now deliver results in just two hours, rather than in a matter of days. 

(8) South Korea's dramatic drop in new cases: After its peak of 909 newly reported COVID-19 cases on February 29th, South Korea has now seen a dramatic drop in the number of new cases reported daily. 

(9) Mortality rates inflated? Experts predict that Italy has seen a higher mortality rate of COVID-19 given its significant aging population, as well as its higher percentage of COVID-19 patients with pre-existing health conditions. This might suggest that COVID-19’s fatality rate may have been slightly more inflated than previously thought for the general population. 

(10) Israeli vaccine development: More than 50 scientists in Israel are now working to develop a vaccine and antibody for COVID-19, having reported significant breakthroughs in understanding the biological mechanism and characteristics of the novel coronavirus. 

(11) Full recoveries: Three patients in Maryland who tested positive for COVID-19 have now been reported to have “fully recovered.” 

(12) Isolated virus: A network of Canadian scientists isolated the COVID-19 virus, which can now be replicated to test diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. 

(13) Yet another vaccine in the works: San Diego biotech company Arcturus Therapeutics is developing a COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore. 

(14) Treatment protocols: Seven patients who were treated for COVID-19 at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SFS) Hospital and Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital in India have recovered. The treatment protocol will be widely scaled to other hospitals. 

(15) Another treatment: Plasma from newly recovered COVID-19 patients (involving the harvesting of virus-fighting antibodies) holds promise for treating others infected by the virus. 


If you’d like to read the whole article including links he included, please see:

“Good News About the Covid-19 Pandemic”


There have started to be more confirmed cases in the North Shore, including a child at school in Winnetka.

Stay safe and healthy - we have a ways to go but we’ll get through it together.




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Comments (36)

Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Glad for all the progress, but realistically it's getting worse before it gets better.

Mar 21, 2020 08:48 AM
Margaret Goss

I agree that will happen - we haven't hit the top of the roller coaster yet.

Mar 21, 2020 10:06 AM
Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

Thanks for sharing the "good news" about the virus. It's encouraging.

Mar 21, 2020 09:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I did read this somewhere else, but appreciate your post too. We've got to focus on the positive. 

Mar 21, 2020 11:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you for sharing this, Margaret. We need positive news these days in the midst of all the bad news. I'm glad to see this was featured, hopefully to be followed in the coming days by more good news. We certainly have a ways to go here in the US, with more changes every day.


Mar 21, 2020 11:23 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

There's also the simple malaria pill that has shown proven results to eliminate the virus in a test of 40 adults in southern France.  I think the FDA needs to release any of these drugs ASAP.

Mar 21, 2020 11:39 AM
Margaret Goss

I heard about that - maybe that will be the magic pill?

Mar 21, 2020 01:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for some promissing news for a change...

Happy Saturday and be safe Margaret Goss 

Mar 21, 2020 11:53 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We are now in Day #6 of the 15 days . At the end of those , we will learn what the updated strategy is 

Mar 21, 2020 12:10 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Margaret. There is some positive news here but I still think we are in for a very long haul.

Mar 21, 2020 12:30 PM
Margaret Goss

Sheila - I'm hoping it starts to wane in a few weeks. But the ramifications from it will certainly be long standing.

Mar 21, 2020 01:41 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Margaret, that is good information.

What I really like is when a need is exposed, people of all kinds respond.

In this case the alphabet soup of experts are all developing solutions that the report reveals pertain to specific situations. So, they are not all eventing the same wheel.

Even I have been hard at work in regards to prevention. My discoveries, although I lack the soup of letters after my name, actually present solutions for problems real estate agent have voiced every year. Solutions to long lived historic problems  and prevention of cyclical problems like the seasonal flu....when needs are exposed people rise to the call.

It's Exciting.

But there will always be those who will get on a cruise ship. The rest will understand THEY are responsible for their good health and take the actions needed.

I bet the genius's on Active Rain are all at work, ready to take their genius for a public walk as soon as the lock down is over.

Mar 21, 2020 12:50 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Margaret, thanks for sharing this blog. I had read some of the points but it was well to have a summary like you prepared. I will re-blog it.

Mar 21, 2020 01:28 PM
Stephen Turner
Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders) - York, PA

WOW. Thanks for sharing the positive perspective. Currently PA is shut down so having a little good news is greatly needed!

Mar 21, 2020 01:44 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Thanks for sharing good news regarding the virus.  I know it's not all bad news, but you know how the media loves to panic people.

Mar 21, 2020 03:49 PM
Margaret Goss

Chris - I do indeed.

Mar 21, 2020 04:29 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I appreciate you sharing the good news that is overlooked by the media

I still cant get over they call journalist essential 

Anyhow back to being positive Hopefully this settles out by the end of the month and America can get back to work! 

Mar 22, 2020 12:52 AM
Margaret Goss

Debra Leisek - I don't know when it will settle down but it can't come soon enough!

Mar 23, 2020 07:54 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Thank you Margaret Goss .  Your post was the first gleam of good news I've seen this week.  Stay safe.

Mar 22, 2020 03:00 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Thanks for sharing this post.  It's interesting that you hardly hear any of this good news in the daily barrage of terrifying TV news.

Mar 22, 2020 02:20 PM
Margaret Goss

Francine Viola - the "daily barrage of terrifying TV news" is there to make a profit. I don't bother to listen anymore!

Mar 23, 2020 07:55 AM
John Wieland
Exp Realty - Delray Beach, FL
Mr Downtown Delray

Love it! Real, from a quality source like Diamandis... worth sharing all over the place. And with a week of "hindsight" now, being with family, gardening, reading, watching Tours of the Best Museums in the world and some much needed down-time were ALL positive things to be thankful for. There's plenty of good to be had by all.

Mar 24, 2020 04:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Margaret I am so glad Jeff Dowler, CRS  reblogged this post, I would have missed it, indeed it is not all bad news, Endre

Mar 24, 2020 10:13 PM
Realty Pack
Realty Pack - Bel Air, CA
Real Estate Blog

Thank you, Margaret, for such positive news. We definitely needed it right now.

Mar 26, 2020 03:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Margaret and thank you so much for sharing this with us here in the Rain.  Hope you are staying safe.


Mar 30, 2020 08:11 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great information that will help ease some fears :) 

Apr 01, 2020 08:02 PM